When Lata Mangeshkar opened up about family financial crisis as a child: ‘There was no food’

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In an old interview, Lata Mangeshkar recalled the time when her family was facing a financial crisis. Lata died on Sunday from multiple organ failure.

Singer Lata Mangeshkar ruled India’s music industry for years, but in an old interview, she mentioned the financial crisis her family had to deal with.

Lata’s father, Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar was a Marathi theater actor and classical singer. In an old interview, when asked what valuable lesson life had taught her, she recalled the financial difficulties her family faced when she was a child. Lata had four siblings – Asha Bhosle, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar.

She told Quint, “Zindagi ne bahot kuch sikhaya (life has taught me a lot). Valuing those who are depressed. The world tends to ignore and abuse the weak. My parents taught me to always help the needy.

Lata added: “We have seen very difficult days. In our house there were free meals for every guest. But when we went through hard times, there was no food for the family. There were days when my siblings and I didn’t eat all day. I learned to share what I had with others. Believe me, the joy you feel in giving is far greater than the joy you feel in receiving. Whenever someone comes to me for help, I do everything I can. Ho sakta hai kayee log mujhe bewaqoof banaake chalein jaatein ho (it is possible that many people have deceived me). But I believe in giving what I have.

Born in 1929 in pre-independence India, Lata began singing as a teenager and over a 73-year career has sung over 25,000 songs in 36 languages. Her first recorded song was in 1942 in the Marathi film Kiti Hasaal when she was just 13 years old.

The iconic singer died of multiple organ failure at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on Sunday. She was hospitalized on January 11 after contracting Covid-19.

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Lata, draped in the national flag, was taken in a truck from her south Mumbai residence to Shivaji Park in Dadar on Sunday evening for the final rites.

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